Politics

Voices from the Edge

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Thu, 01/15/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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The New Congress and the Economy

Next week the new U.S. Congress will begin working with a new administration in the White House. Behind the smiles and calls for cooperation, there's already signs of differences between both sides of the congressional aisles and the president elect. How will this play out as Congress and the new president face the challenge of turning the economy around?

This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave look at what we can expect from the new Congress, its relationship with the new president and what that means in terms of fixing the economy.

” The End Of An Error"(The W Years) 1/20/09 3am

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 As 2009 dawns anew, we find our nation facing the hope and promise of a new administration and the anticipation of something different- an historical change to truly believe in. But before we can honestly move forward, it might be useful (if not somewhat amusing and painful) to look back over our collective shoulders on the last eight years - lest we forget our past. So it is with great pride and fanfare that Brian presents, for your aural (dis) pleasure on Inaugural Day the 20th day of January:” The End Of An Error"(The W Years). We will "sound trace" the rise and fall...and fall....

The Vinyl Pajama Party

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Vinyl Pajama Party
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Tue, 01/20/2009 - 3:00am - 5:30am
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A study in sound of the last 8 years

 

 

Gay Racism and Black Homophobia

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Thu, 11/27/2008

Rebecca Nay is joined by KBOO's Jamilah Bourdon and a close local friend named Aswad.  We had a frank and honest discussion about Homophobia in the Black Community and Racism in the Gay Community.  Click here to listen to Part 2.

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LNG Protest in Salem

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Air Cascadia
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Mon, 01/12/2009
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Isreal, The Timeline: from Way Back Then till Right Now

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Mon, 01/12/2009

 Hosts Abe Proctor and Joe Uris cover many of the key points in Isreal's history, in an effort to understand how and why today's slaughter in Gaza came to be.  Of course, several well-spoken listeners offer illumination on some events, and contrasting views on others.  

Listener Laurie recommends the book The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan for a riveting story of the relationship between an exiled Palestinian family and the Israeli family that took over their house when they fled.

 

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Locus Focus

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Locus Focus
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Wed, 01/14/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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The Last Week of Bush

A look back at the worst 8 years of our life and a look ahead into what we hope will be a better future. Guest Barbara Dudley and Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein explore several themes as we we look forward to Barack Obama's inauguration next week: What are you looking forward to in the Obama administration? What do you fear will or will not happen? What opportunities now exist that have been suppressed for so long to make what we have been working for a reality? What are the challenges that face us? What does it mean to bring everyone to the table as Obama claims he wants to do?

Alternative Radio

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Alternative Radio
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Wed, 01/14/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

The late Philip Agee speaks on "Inside the Company: CIA Diary"
Philip Agee was a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who served in Latin America. He wrote, "When I joined the CIA I believed in the need for its existence." After 12 years with the agency I finally understood how much suffering it was causing, that millions of people all over the world had been killed or had their lives destroyed by the CIA and the institutions it supports." After resigning from the Agency he exposed its inner workings and covert operations. For his efforts he was denounced and vilified. His passport was revoked. Ex-CIA Director and later President Bush the

Flashpoints

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Flashpoints
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Tue, 01/13/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Reports from Gaza and the West Bank and an interview with Diana Buttu, a Palestinian-Canadian lawyer, professor, and former spokesperson with the Palestine Liberation Organization.
 

Shockin n Rollin

 Once again, Digby nails it.

The fundamental purpose of the shock doctrine is to use crisis to push through unpopular and unjust "solutions" that favor the wealthy. We are seeing this battle take shape on several fronts. The right is working feverishly to discredit the New Deal at the same time that outside groups of so-called elder statesmen are lining up to screech about the deficit and entitlements. All of this obscures the real source of the current problem and obstructs the president's ability to do what's necessary to solve it.

If Obama were to succeed in fixing the economy, re-regulating the financial system, enacting health care and a modern environmental and energy policy, the right would be discredited for a couple of generations --- and the wealthy would lose many of their unfair advantages under a fair and equitable system. They not only do not want to take that chance, they also see this crisis as an opportunity to bury liberal economics and end the government programs that ensure a stable and prosperous society with a vast middle class. The stakes are huge for both sides.

This gets back to something we've touched on repeatedly over the years on the Abe and Joe show: the decades-long -- and largely successful -- endeavor by the monied class to undo the New Deal. As Digby notes, it's no accident that we're seeing an attempt in the news media to discredit the efficacy of the New Deal even as the President-elect and prominent economists like Paul Krugman call for a new, FDR-esque reinvestment in old and new infrastructure.

This has been going on for some time. The marginal personal and corporate income tax rate topped out in the World War II era at 94%, and with a few exceptions, has been in decline ever since. At the height of the Depression, in the late 1930s, the highest bracket was in the low 70% range. And during both crises -- depression and war -- we spent like drunken sailors and obtained solid results. And after the war, we kept on taxing and spending like the New Deal Democratic nation we were -- flaming leftists by today's standards. Hell, under Ike, the quintessential conservative of his age, the highest rate was over 90%.

But here's the thing. Consider what we did during that postwar era*.

We sent millions of ex-GIs to college. We built the interstate highway system. We rebuilt our conquered enemies. We built the most extensive public university system in the history of humanity. We put people on the moon. We saw sea changes in race and gender relations. We birthed history's first truly large-scale, educated middle class. We witnessed a riotous explosion of culture, as every imaginable tradition and heritage collided.

And people got rich. Lots of them. While paying high taxes.

But more importantly to the monied class -- and I think that these would-be assassins of the New Deal are oblivious to this, perhaps willfully so -- the middle class of the postwar era had money to spend on the products made by the monied class. Our ownership elite owes its exalted status to the fact that we and our parents and grandparents all spent money in the industrial economy.

So the attempt to bury the New Deal, organized labor, and the very notion of liberal Keynsian economics, is self-defeating. If you kill the middle class, there's no one to buy your useless crap. Now is the time to whip out that well-tuned sense of irony I've been urging you to develop.

Now is also the time to contact Obama and urge him to do the right thing with his economic policy. It's time to rebuild the middle class and invest in schools and solar power plants and high-speed trains and universal health care. It's time to bury conservative supply-side economic dogmatism for a good long time.

-A

* Yes, we also kept military spending at wartime levels. Yes, we started striking devil's bargains with brutal men in exchange for their nations' resources. Yes, we built an arsenal of doomsday weapons. Yes, we meddled ceaselessly all over the world. Yes, we presided over the maturation of the brutally exploitative global capitalist system. Yes, we waged cynical wars in far-flung places, both overt and covert. Yes, we perpetuated the global subjugation of the non-European peoples. Yes, we allowed the wholesale corporate acquisition of the wheels of government. Yes yes yes. I deny none of it. But we also did the stuff I said.

 

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